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NHL Game Summary - Boston at Tampa Bay

(Saturday, October 7th)

Final Score: Boston 3, Tampa Bay 2

Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Patrice Bergeron scored the game-winning goal in the third period as Boston edged Tampa Bay, 3-2.

Brad Boyes had a goal and an assist for the Bruins, who rebounded from a season-opening 8-3 loss to the Florida Panthers. Wayne Primeau scored his second goal of the season, while Zdeno Chara added two assists.

Hannu Toivonen finished with 29 saves for Boston.

"I think our forecheck worked really well," said Toivonen. "We knew when to go and when not to go and not give up any odd man rushes out there."

Ruslan Fedotenko and Ryan Craig each scored for the Lightning, who rallied in their season-opener to beat Atlanta, 3-2, in a shootout. Marc Denis made 22 saves for Tampa.

Boston scored the decisive goal just 1:39 into the final period, capitalizing on a Tampa turnover in its own zone. Boyes intercepted a Lightning pass to set up a two-on-nobody advantage that saw Bergeron tally his first goal of the season to give the Bruins a lead.

The Lightning pulled Denis with under two minutes remaining, but the Bruins held on for the win.

"We forechecked well and made good decisions with the puck," said Boston head coach Dave Lewis. "We had timely saves when we needed to have saves."

Boston jumped out to 2-0 lead in the first period, but Tampa answered with two goals in the second period to even the score.

Just 5:24 into the first period, Primeau skated the puck into the Lightning's zone and fired a wrister that beat Denis top shelf to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead.

Then, with 6:41 left in the period, Chara fired a shot on net that Boyes redirected past Denis to make it 2-0.

"I think some of our guys have lost or don't understand the definition of playing hard," said Tampa head coach John Tortorella. "That first period, some of our top guys just simply don't understand what the definition of hard work is as far as playing in this league. This is a tough league to play in."

Fedotenko answered for Tampa just over two minutes into the second period when he took a feed from a Vincent Lecavalier and slipped a wrister past Toivonen to cut the Lightning's deficit in half.

Craig then kicked in a rebound off a Filip Kuba shot with 6:03 left in the second to make it 2-2. Normally, it's against the rules to kick in a goal, but the officials ruled that the puck hit the stick of a Boston defenseman before going into the net and replays confirmed the call on the ice.

"You can't continue to be down two goals and get out," said Tampa captain Tim Taylor. "We got outworked in the first period and a half. Then we got some momentum in the second period and then we have a giveaway in the third period that is just unacceptable."

Game Notes

Craig's goal was his third of the season...Chara, Boston's big offseason acquisition, has recorded four assists through the club's first two games.

10/08 00:16:46 ET

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